Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Norwood warms up for parade

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — The 66th annual Norwood Day Parade will lure more than 4,000 spectators to Montgomery Road on July 25 to see about 100 entries, from marching bands to decorated floats.

        The parade will be followed by Norwood Day at Coney Island July 26, a major fund-raising event sponsored by the Norwood Business and Professional Women's Club. It raises about $5,000 annually to aid local charities and provide college scholarships.

        “The Norwood Day Parade and Norwood Day at Coney is such a tradition in our small town,” said Dawn James, spokeswoman for the events. “It is a time for former Norwood residents to come back to town to join us for the parade, and for past and present residents to come out for fun events that bring our community together. It is a day for uniting our community and remembering what makes Norwood our home and a great place to live.”

        Charles “Chuck” Zunk, president of the U.S. Playing Card Co. in Norwood, is grand marshal of this year's event. The parade begins at 7 p.m.

        Norwood Day at Coney Island will feature the traditional Norwood Baby Show at noon, with $4 registration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bingo will be 1-5 p.m., with horseshoe competition at 5 p.m. Horseshoe tournament registration (cost $3) is 10 a.m. to noon and from 4 to 5 p.m. The Coney Island celebration will also add karaoke from 5:30 to 9 p.m. this year.

        Combination admission and raffle tickets will be sold for $11 until 5:30 p.m., with winning raffle tickets posted at 7 p.m. Prizes, donated by community businesses, include a television, dinner gift certificates and sports memorabilia.

        Proceeds from Norwood Day at Coney Island provide the Norwood Business and Professional Women's Club with funding for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for needy families, donations to the Norwood Food Closet, financial support to the Norwood Service League, Shriners Burns Institute and the Norwood High School Scholarship Fund.

        Presale admission tickets to Coney Island may be purchased at the Provident Bank on Smith Road through July 25.


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